Global Environmental Change
and Human Health

Towards global human health and wellbeing
in a changing environment

The Global Environmental Change and Human Health (GECHH) was launched in 2006 as a Joint Project of the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) to respond to the growing need to understand better the multi-faceted and complex linkages between global environmental change (including climate change, land and sea use change, global biodiversity loss and change, global socio-economic change) and human health.The GECHH aims at elucidating the spectrum and magnitude of risks to human wellbeing and health, consequent upon human-induced global environmental changes, in order that society at large has a fuller understanding of the actual and likely consequences of the ways in which, collectively, human societies are changing the Earth System.

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Current Opinions in Environmental Sustainability (Elsevier) Aquatic and marine systems
Edited by Dr.Lucilla Spini, Dr.Zafar Adeel and Dr.Mark Rosenberg

Upcoming Events

London, UK, March 2012

Current opinions in global environmental change and human health - A Roundtable


Kuala –Lumpur, Malaysia, November 2012

GECHH 2012 Symposium “Global Environmental Change and Human Health: Extreme Events and Urbanization”

Recent Events

Side Event at CBD SBSTTA-15 Meeting, Montreal Canada, 8 November 2011 (18:15-19:45) "Water & Forests: Fostering Human Health in a Changing Environment Towards a Green Economy" - a side event coordinated by GECHH with the kind support of DIVERSITAS

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The discussion will continue at the SCBD-coordinated side event "Conversation on Biodiversity & Health" at CBD/SBSTTA-15 on 9 November 2011 (18:15-19:45)

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GECHH News Note No. 4

GECHH News Note No. 4 - GECHH 2011 Symposium “Healthy Forests for Life”   

Call for Abstracts

Global Risk Forum (GRF) One Health Summit 2012: One Health - One Planet - One Future: Risks and Opportunities International Conference, Davos, Switzerland, 19-23 February 2012 - Call for Abstracts open until 30 November 2011

22 May 2011 - Happy International Day for Biological Diversity!

Celebrate Forest Biodiversity!  

GECHH announces its upcoming GECHH 2011 Symposium “Global Environmental Change and Human Health: Healthy Forests for Life” organized in partnership with CNR-ISE and CNR-IRSA (Verbania, Lake Maggiore, Italy 19-21 September 2011).  

See GECHH News Note No. 3.



GECHH represented at the UNECE/FAO Workshop "Payment for Ecosystem Services: What Role for a Green Economy?" (Palais des Nations, Geneva, Swizterland, 4-5 July 2011)

Dr Lucilla Spini, GECHH Executive Officer, delivered the invited presentation on valuing the health benefits of forests. Click here for other presentations.UNU-INWEH/GECHH also contributed to the Workshop Background Paper.


Beijing, China, 9-15 October 2011

3rd International Student Training Workshop on Health and Environmental Changes in Mega Urban Areas


DIVERSITAS 2010 Annual Report



IHDP 2010 Annual Report




The GECHH International Project Office is hosted and supported by the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH). UNU

2011 GECHH Symposium in partnership with CNR-ISE & CNR-IRSA Global Environmental Change and Human Health: Healthy Forests for Life", Verbania, Italy,19-21 September 2011

2010 GECHH Symposium in partnership with UNU-INWEH “Global Environmental Change and Human Health: Protecting Water Quality”, Hamilton, Canada, 31 October - 2 November 2010

The GECHH Project is part of the family of ongoing ESSP Joint Projects